A “Miss BumBum” who claims she slept with Cristiano Ronaldo, a Chilean stadium invasion and a Lionel Messi fan who sneaked into Argentina’s training camp cast an unflattering spotlight on World Cup security on Wednesday.
Just when Brazil was soaking up praise for a relatively snag-free tournament, the three security breaches gave organizers some of their most embarrassing moments yet and prompted soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, to reassess its measures.
First came the Miss BumBum incident.
Andressa Urach, a former contestant in a pageant to choose Brazil’s sexiest female posterior, was frog-marched out of Portugal’s training ground by security staff just minutes before Ronaldo and his team took to the pitch.
Urach and the world player of the year have something of a history — or so Urach says.
British newspapers last year reported claims from her that Ronaldo, 29, had cheated on his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, with her.
At the time, the Portuguese superstar angrily denied the claims, tweeting that he was “deeply outraged by a situation intended, in vain, to affect my personal life.”
Urach, a co-host on a Brazilian variety program called the Muito Show, has been determined to get Ronaldo’s attention at the World Cup.
Last week, she reportedly welcomed him to Campinas, the southeast Brazilian city where Portugal are based, by painting his green and red shirt onto her naked skin and holding up a sign that said “Kisses C. Ronaldo.”
She appeared to be planning another media stunt on Wednesday. She had a microphone in her hand and was apparently wearing official accreditation.
However, surrounded by a knot of photographers, she was unceremoniously ushered from the premises.
After the incident, she tweeted: “I came to give good luck to C7 [Ronaldo] and was removed from the pitch and they took away my press credentials. Where is the freedom of expression?”
Soon after Urach’s ejection came news that Brazilian security services had detained a man who sneaked into Argentina’s training camp in Belo Horizonte to seek star striker Messi’s autograph.
The 33-year-old Brazilian, who had received a T-shirt from Messi last week after cleaning his boots, was seen crying as he was led away. He told police he just wanted to get the shirt signed.
Organizers’ security woes only got worse when scores of ticketless Chilean fans gate-crashed Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, breaking through fences in a desperate rush to see their team play Spain.
The fans, many wearing Chile’s red jersey, shattered a glass door at the media center, broke fences and partition walls, and swarmed into internal corridors before security guards stopped them.
Brazilian authorities arrested 85 people and ordered them to leave the country.
FIFA said none of the intruders had made it into the stands to see their team’s stunning 2-0 victory, which put Chile into the second round and sent defending champions Spain packing.
However, a security guard said some had found their way into the stands.
The incident took place despite the presence of 1,500 security staff at the stadium, plus about 5,000 police on duty in the surrounding area, a security guard said. Afterwards FIFA said it would soon announce new security measures.
It is the second time this week that fans have broken into the iconic Maracana Stadium, which is to host the July 13 final.